An Autobiography In Five Short Chapters

By Portia Nelson

Chapter 1:
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost, I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find the way out.

Chapter 2:
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend that I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in the same place, but
It isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter 3:
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in.
It’s a habit.
Yet my eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

Chapter 4:
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

Chapter 5:
I walk down a different street.

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5 thoughts on “An Autobiography In Five Short Chapters

  1. Chapter 4, re-written:

    I walk down the street.

    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

    I fall in.

    I sue the Department of Public Works, win a zillion dollars and retire.

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